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Cattleya dowiana var. Rosita

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

    Most if not all of us have, in our time, have after a lot of effort, finally brought a much desired plant that after years of devoted care, grievously disappoints us by blooming and turning out to be something different and unwanted. In much rarer occasions, something brought casually turns out to be, unexpectedly, a much more desirable plant. A friend brought this plant as a hybrid, and it turned out to be Catt. dowiana var. Rosita, you can bet he wont be asking his money back. The fragrance is delightful, not as sweet as other Cattleyas, it has a fresh smell I would say reminiscent of perfumed soap. Catdowros.jpg
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

    That is fantastic! I recently bought my first C. dowiana and hope it blooms before too many years.
  3. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

    In my experience, they grow well enough, it is keeping them alive year after year which is the challenge. I cannot talk about their culture my experience is far too sad.
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

    Wow, I would certainly be thrilled with that. I like that much better than the standard version.
  5. sam1147

    sam1147 sam1147

  6. Mikhail kujawa

    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

    Wow! :clap::clap:
  7. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

    Wow, it has intense color!
  8. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Active Member

    Certainly worth waiting for- a lovely thing. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Fabulous flower. Certainly, that's one of the best surprises a grower can get!

    I also recently purchased my first dowiana, but it is the typical one. Hopefully, it will grow well and I will be inspired to search out var rosita! That photo is clearly inspiring. I just need confidence in my ability to grow it.
  10. Lovely flower! I started with a dozen small C. dowiana four years ago, and all but three died. They seem pretty fussy. The three remaining ones are growing, but I'm still waiting for any flowers.
  11. Magnificent!